Dear PfISD Graduates and Families,
PfISD staff is still working fast and furiously to get all the details complete for our Graduation ceremonies scheduled to begin next Monday. Attached you will find a Graduation Information Packet outlining rules and procedures for all graduation ceremonies. Please take the time to read the document entirely in preparation for your special day - especially this year which will have many firsts for us, particularly taking into account the required physical distancing.
Once again, we have many rules and requirements set forth by the state for us to hold an in-person graduation and we are counting on all parties involved - graduates and their families - to help us by following the rules set forth in the attached document. One major change for this year is the limited number of guests allowed per student. Please remember that we are doing a seating chart in the stands which must be followed and as such, tickets are not transferrable. Additionally, everyone attending must have a ticket to enter the stadium - regardless of their age (this includes infants and toddlers). The seating chart will be sent out by email to parents and graduates by the end of this week.
Each high school will hold its own ticket distribution. Students will pick up their four tickets and health questionnaire which they will need to sign and bring with them on their graduation date for check-in. Please note, students MUST pick up their tickets during a scheduled pick up time as we will not have tickets at will call or available on the days of Graduation. The dates and times for ticket pick-up are:
- Thursday, May 28, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
- Friday, May 29, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Thursday, May 28 (by Last Name)
- A-C - 8 - 9:30 a.m.
- D-G - 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
- H-K - 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
- L-M - 12 - 1 p.m.
- N-Q - 1 - 2 p.m.
- R-S - 2 - 3 p.m.
- T-Z - 3 - 4 p.m.
- Anyone - 4 - 5 p.m.
- Friday, May 29 (by Last Name)
- A-G - 9 - 10 a.m.
- H-M - 10 - 11 a.m.
- N-Z - 11 - 12 p.m.
- Thursday, May 28, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Friday, May 29, 4 - 7 p.m.
- Thursday, May 28, 5 - 7 p.m.
- Friday, May 29, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Once again, thank you for your help and understanding as we all work to provide a wonderful, in-person graduation experience for our seniors and their families. It will take all of us to ensure we can pull it off!
Tamra Spence Chief Communications Officer Pflugerville ISD
Good Afternoon Panther Pfamily:
I wanted to go over a few things to clarify information for the days leading up to graduation:
Communication: PHS will continue to send out communication about dates, reminders and procedures; the methods of communications are as follows:
- The Senior Remind, set up through English IV classes at the begging of year
- Senior Student emails or emails provided in the student survey distributed by our College and Career Counselor.
- Parent emails of senior students that were set up through skyward.
- PHS website, https://www.pfisd.net/Domain/9 Click on the Banner- “Class of 2020 News”
- The district will be sending out communications through parent skyward emails, we will also post this info on the “Class of 2020 News”
Senior Contracts: There will be a new senior contract with new dress code criteria and guidelines for cap decorating. You must electronically sign the new senior contract using your PFISD email account and agree to the dress code, cap requirements, and student code of conduct before you receive your tickets. The new contract will be disseminated soon via the lines of communication stated above.
Senior Graduation RSVP:
Please RSVP for the graduation with the link provided on the email communication on Tuesday evening from PFISD Communications. https://forms.gle/A1DXYxYRr1unP1V37 Any information you are asked for through a google form will most likely require you to sign in with your PFISD student email, if you are not signed in through google with that email address, it might not work.
Graduation Ticket Distribution: We will be announcing a date for ticket pick up. We will only have four tickets per graduate. Children of any age will count as ticket holders.
Dress Code for 2020 Graduates:
Cap and gown:
- Caps -- may be decorated on top only. (Nothing should be hanging off the top or sides) Any messages should be appropriate and fall with-in the student code of conduct
- Warm weather attire which follows PFISD dress code. (Shorts and t-shirts are fine.)
- Gowns should stay on until families leave the stadium.
- Appropriate footwear following PFISD dress code – ladies, flats only (no heels or wedges.) The turf is hard to walk on in these types of shoes
Students enter through gates on either side of field house – staff will check dress code and ID, to let students through to their seat.
District Graduation Information: The district is going to provide specific instructions for the day of the ceremony that include guidelines for guests.
Cords: Any cords that were not distributed during Miles of Smiles/Cap & Gown Pickup, that are official from PHS student organizations and recognitions will be given at ticket distribution.
Yearbooks: As soon as we have an update on yearbooks, we will disseminate that information.
Textbook Dropoff: On Tuesday May 26th and every Monday after, you may drop off textbooks in the grey receptacle outside the front main entrance.
If you have any questions or concerns please email me directly at:
Dear PfISD Parents/Guardians,
As you know, district staff have been working on graduation contingency plans since late April. We understand the importance of graduation to our seniors and their parents, as well as the importance to our campus and district administrators to see the culmination of their work and watch our students walk the graduation stage. We are committed to doing all that we can to ensure that happens.
Our Graduation Committee initially made four contingency plans to follow our scheduled graduation at the Frank Erwin Center on May 30. Still, it seems as though every time we settle on a strategy for graduation, we receive updated guidance from our local and state authorities that changes things.
The first contingency plan was to host graduation ceremonies on May 29 and 30; however, initial guidelines from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) prohibited outdoor, in-person graduations for our county until June 1. We then adjusted and planned to host graduations on June 1 and June 2, announcing to our public that same Tuesday. This was followed by updated guidance last Thursday by TEA allowing for May 29 or 30, but last Friday, Travis County extended its Stay at Home orders through June 15. As The Pfield is located in Travis County, we worked to determine how this will affect our graduation ceremonies.
After speaking with our legal counsel, reviewing all guidelines from TEA required to hold an in-person graduation ceremony and hearing from Travis County Health officials, we are moving forward with graduation ceremonies but we have adjusted the dates to ensure we are in compliance and utilizing as many safety precautions as possible. The updated schedule for graduations is as follows:
- Pflugerville HS – June 1, 8 a.m.
- Hendrickson HS – June 2, 8 a.m.
- Connally HS – June 3, 8 a.m.
- PACE – June 3, 11 a.m.
- Weiss HS – June 4, 8 a.m.
Graduates will be provided four tickets for guests to attend graduations at the Pfield, where we will host an abbreviated, recorded graduation ceremony on the football scoreboard and allow students to walk the stage in a cap and gown to collect their diploma cover. School principals, I and members of our Board of Trustees will be attendance, honoring our students. We are also working with a production company to livestream the event for those family members unable to attend.
We will contact students and their families with information on ticket pick-up dates and times. On the back of each ticket will list the symptoms of COVID-19, and all attendees will be required to sign the back of the ticket, acknowledging that they are not experiencing any symptoms. Each person will turn in their ticket when they enter the Pfield.
Additionally, families will receive instructions on where to park, which gate to enter, and which section and row they are assigned to sit. All attendees will be required to wear face masks. The district is providing face masks to all graduates; however, they will be allowed to remove them for pictures when they walk across the stage.
The district, in collaboration with the health department, asks that anybody who is medically compromised or over the age of 65 not attend the Graduation ceremonies. Additionally, if you share a household with someone who is medically compromised or over the age of 65 and attend a graduation, please take additional precautions before returning home.
We know this is not how any of us planned on graduation at the beginning of this year. It will not be perfect, but we have heard our parents' and students' pleas to find a way to provide graduation, and we are doing everything in our power to provide this experience in a safe manner for all involved. We intend to make as much lemonade out of the lemons that we are being served.
In the interest of everyone’s safety and the safety of others: Do not attend the ceremony if you feel sick or have any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19. It will be broadcast. Keep your social distancing at all times and follow our staff and officers directions at all times. If you are attending, come prepared with a mask and your signed ticket acknowledging you are not experiencing symptoms. For the safety of all, you will not be allowed to enter without these items, will not be allowed to remain if you do not practice the proper social distancing procedures, and will not be allowed to stay if you do not comply with staff directions. This includes our graduates. We care about all of you and want to have an in-person ceremony, but we must abide by safety measures.
This is an enormous undertaking, and our staff is committed to working hard to provide our students with an unusual but incredible graduation experience, but we are also asking our families for their cooperation to ensure safe practices and social distancing. Thank you for your help and understanding.
In the best interest of students,
Dr. Douglas Killian
4/28: We continue to plan for graduation that is scheudled for May 30th at the Frank Erwin Center at 10:00 am! Following is an excert from a letter Dr. Killian sent on 4/28:
We are still in constant communication with the Frank Erwin Center regarding our scheduled Graduations on May 30. With the Governor’s orders this week to slowly reopen the state, we are not yet sure how they will relate to graduation. We are waiting on word from the University of Texas and the Erwin Center to let us know if they are unable to host our graduation ceremonies.
Click HERE for a copy of the Senior Contract.
Click HERE for a copy of "Important Dates" *Please Note: Due to the current Shelter in Place, we have cancelled Prom.
Click HERE to read the Board Policy on graduation requirements.
Click on the HERE to view the SENIOR CLASS MEETING SLIDE SHOW which includes information about Panther Celebration, Prom, and Graduation!
Click HERE for the up to date news for the Class of 2020!